Awards

Georgia State University 2014-2015 Faculty Awards

Awards

NOMINATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 25, 2014

Please direct questions, nominations, and materials to AssocProvFA@gsu.edu

General Standards for the Alumni Distinguished Professor, Outstanding Faculty Achievement, and Exceptional Service Awards

Scholarship is judged for quantity and quality as defined in the discipline. Scholarship may include refereed and invited publications, grants for the support of scholarship, invited and contributed presentations, exhibitions, inventions and patents, published software, etc.
Teaching is evaluated in a variety of ways, although the most direct evidence of distinguished teaching would be evidence of student learning. Both classroom instruction and one-on-one direction of individual students are of importance. Pertinent information may include thesis, dissertations and undergraduate projects directed; student achievement (evidence of mastery of materials, publications, presentations); innovative instructional approaches; and courses or programs developed.
Service activities consist of service to the profession and GSU and discipline-based service to the community. Relevant activities include service to the profession such as offices held and participation in professional organizations, editorship and editorial board services, refereeing manuscripts and proposals, etc:, service to the community in which professional expertise is shared with the community; and service to GSU such as committees, advisement, etc.

ALUMNI DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR AWARD ($2,000)

Georgia State University views the “Teacher-Scholar” as the ideal for University faculty. The Alumni Distinguished Professor recognizes a high-achieving senior Georgia State faculty member who embodies this balance.

Selection criteria:  Scholarship and teaching are heavily weighted in the evaluation process. Service, while important, is given somewhat less weight.  It is expected that the Alumni Distinguished Professor will hold the rank of professor.

Required Documentation:

  • A nomination letter from the nominator that describes the attributes and accomplishments which distinguish the nominee
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Name and email address of two external professional colleagues, one GSU colleague, and two present or former students.  Deans and Chairs of nominees are also invited to submit reference letters.  Submit name, address, and email of colleagues and students to assocprovfa@gsu.edu.  The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will solicit letters of reference.

OUTSTANDING FACULTY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ($1,500)

The Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award recognizes a tenure-track faculty member who has been at Georgia State University for four to ten years and whose rank is below Professor.

Selection criteria: The Alumni Distinguished Professor and Outstanding Faculty Achievement nominee will have significant and noteworthy achievement in all three areas of scholarship, teaching and service.

Required Documentation:

  • A nomination letter from the nominator that describes the attributes and accomplishments which distinguish the nominee
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Name and email address of two external professional colleagues, one GSU colleague, and two present or former students.  Deans and Chairs of nominees are also invited to submit reference letters.  Submit name, address, and email of colleagues and students to assocprovfa@gsu.edu.  The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will solicit letters of reference.

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AWARD ($1,500)

The purpose of this award is to recognize an extraordinary accomplishment in discipline-related service to the community by a faculty member.  The award is open to all full-time faculty members at GSU. Noting that the number and level of submissions may vary from year to year, this award may not be given every year.

Selection Criteria: Community is not meant to be limiting; it can be anything from the local to the global community.  Service activities consist of service to the profession and GSU and discipline-based service to the community. Relevant activities include service to the profession such as offices held and participation in professional organizations, editorship and editorial board services, refereeing manuscripts and proposals, etc:, service to the community in which professional expertise is shared with the community; and service to GSU such as committees, advisement, etc. This exceptional service must be accompanied by excellence in scholarship and teaching.

Required Documentation:

Nominees should submit:

  • A summary (up to three pages) describing the exceptional service and its impact.
  • A summary (up to two pages) describing excellence in scholarship and teaching
  • A  curriculum vitae
  • Name and email address of three external professional colleagues, two GSU colleagues, and two present or former students. Deans and Chairs are also invited to submit reference letters. Submit name, address, and email of colleagues and students to assocprovfa@gsu.edu.  The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will solicit letter of references.

General Standards for the Instructional Awards

INSTRUCTIONAL AWARDS: The instructional awards may be given to an individual faculty member, a group of faculty members, or a faculty-led team. Self-nominations are welcomed. The awards are open to all full-time faculty members at GSU. Because submissions may vary over time, one or both of the awards may not be given every year. The documentation may be in the form of web pages (in which case, the nominee would send the URL for a contents page) or in the form of word processing files (sent as email attachments). Either form may incorporate references to additional files that would be helpful in documenting the instruction and learning effectiveness, e.g., publications in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

INSTRUCTIONAL INNOVATION AWARD ($1,500)

The purpose of the Instructional Innovation Award is to recognize and share at the university level outstanding innovations in teaching that result in improved learning.

Selection Criteria: For this award, the evaluation criteria are the strength of the learning principles or theories, the extent to which the approach used is unique and innovative at Georgia State, the persuasiveness of the analyses of evidence of improved learning, and the potential of the innovation as a model for application across other courses and programs.

Required Documentation: Nominees should submit the following information about the instructional innovation

  • A one-page description of the innovation from the nominator.
  • A summary of the innovation and the learning associated with it (150-word maximum)
  • A discussion of the following aspects (1,000-word maximum altogether):
    • Why the innovation was thought to enable improved learning
    • How the learning principles or theories were applied in the instruction
    • How the evidence of improved learning was attributed to the innovation

            Applicants are strongly advised to review how recent winners documented student learning: See past winners listed below

INSTRUCTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS AWARD ($1,500)

The purpose of the Instructional Effectiveness Award is to recognize and share at the university level outstanding approaches in instruction that are effective in enabling learning.

Selection Criteria: For this award, the evaluation criteria are the strength of the learning principles or theories, the persuasiveness of the analyses of evidence of learning effectiveness, and the potential of the approach as a model for application across other courses and programs.

Required Documentation: Nominees should submit the following information about the instructional approach and its effectiveness

A summary of the approach and the learning associated with it (150-word maximum)

A discussion of the following points (1,000-word maximum altogether):

  •   Why the approach was thought to enable improved learning
  • How the learning principles or theories were applied in the instruction
  • How the evidence of improved learning was attributed to the approach

Applicants are strongly advised to review how recent winners documented student learning: See past winners listed below

PAST WINNERS 

GSU Instructional Effectiveness Winners:  Click on link to review documents

GSU Instructional Innovation Winners

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